Metro rail work likely to begin end of February: Quader

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Dhaka, Jan 9: The work on metro rail project will begin from February, Road Transport and Bridges Minister Obaidul Quader said on Saturday.

“The work on metro rail is likely to begin at the end of February. The first-phase work of the project will be completed by 2019 although the initial deadline for completing the project was 2024, said the minister at a round table titled ‘Pad abridge: new lifeline of development’ in the city’s Daily Star bhaban.

Over the recent human chain programme against the proposed metro rail route through the Dhaka University campus, he said the university authorities approved the proposal four years back.

“Why they are organising human chain after four years. It’s a big project, if its work is disrupted once, it won’t be implemented in time,” Quader added.

About the Padma Bridge project, the minister said that now its construction is no more a challenge but there are some challenges in the river training work as the flow of the PadmaRiver is unpredictable like the Amazon River.

He said the construction work of the mega project with the country’s own fund has honoured the country across the globe.